Here we are on our beautiful blue/green planet, hurdling toward infinity, united by our Humanity. As we go travel blindly through time and space, whether we realize it or not, we are also seeking our Divinity. Buried deep inside our Humanity and our DNA we find our Divinity through how we connect and care for one another. As we flow into our Spiritual journey it causes us to question everything we think we know about Life and urges us to become messengers of Light and Love within the collective of Humanity. At the same time, we also have to be awake and aware of others, their specific brand of “hardship” and how we go about relating to them from a spiritual perspective.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
The symbolism of the triangle and all-seeing eye is something we see over and over again in our society. It’s used in church, state, and finance but what does it really mean? In terms of psychology, we have a good idea of how to interpret the triangle through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs[i]. From the picture we can get an idea of what the triangle represents when it comes to our most basic human needs and how it also represents our spiritual evolution or ascension. The bottom of the triangle represents our most basic physiological needs and the top represents our own Self-actualization or Self-Awareness which is equivalent to the “all-seeing eye” at the top of the proverbial pyramid. A common theme in spiritual circles is that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that’s the truth but we can’t ever forget that we are also human too. We have biological and emotional needs that must be met in order for our very survival and until those needs are met we can’t even begin to understand our potential for Self-actualization. We can get a great idea in times such as meditation or being of service to others but our full potential comes in style as the “new black” through the practice of empathy and Ubuntu.
My friend, Deb Augenbaugh, decided to do just that when she started the organization Rainbow Day of Love to assist in feeding the homeless. My husband, Aaron, and I had the honor of volunteering with her organization one day over the summer. What we found was quite interesting and very relevant to our awakening and/or spiritual journey. We came out on a Sunday morning to serve breakfast and as soon as breakfast was finished the group immediately formed another line for the next meal. We struck up a chat with a few people after breakfast and found so many stories, real people including veterans and college graduates who have had great hardship but are still living to tell their story. The tragedy of this situation is that their lives in this “homeless” moment are being spent having their most basic physiological needs met at the very bottom of the pyramid. In other words, they spend the whole day meeting the physiological needs of food, water, and shelter. On the spiritual side, we speak about the law of attraction and that we create our own reality but this doesn’t speak of empathy if we are seemingly at a level of Self-actualization looking “down”. To take it a step deeper we can say that it’s even its own form of prejudice which is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. In short, we are all creating our own reality based on our level of Awareness and for some people that level of Awareness revolves around staying alive in the first place. In this reality, there is no room for other forms of safety, love, esteem, or self-actualization yet it’s society’s tendency to chastise them for their situation. We have to be willing to see where we have learned to reject and rationalize situations that we have been taught to avoid, make us uncomfortable, or we are fearful of.
The Empathy Card
Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Scientists are beginning to understand that humans are soft wired with the empathy gene[ii]. When we say “soft wired” it means that it’s up to us to exercise and utilize the empathy muscle so we can gain a better understanding of our collective journey. The Law of Correspondence (Immutable): The second of the seven Universal Laws tells us “As above, so below; as below, so above” ~ Tania Kotsos[iii] which means we have an individual journey and a collective journey and they are interconnected and correspond with one another in “duality”. But, we can also transcend duality with our empathy both as conscious and sub-conscious awareness. Our empathy teaches us Acceptance and benevolence which is when we choose to act in Kindness as opposed to judgment or “prejudice” due to a misunderstanding in our perception.
We cannot be Intelligent without our Creativity and this shows when we look at the homeless “experiment” mentioned above. We have incredibly intelligent, talented, educated, and creative people who are doing the best they can with the reality in which they find themselves. All of the Gifts they have are being used to find an intelligent and creative way to survive. And, that’s the “tragedy” because this intelligence and creativity could be an amazing asset to our society! It also helps to understand that survival is hard-wired into our biology and it’s a most natural response to do what we need to do in order to have our most basic physiological needs met, including our own safety. There is nothing wrong in that and it’s true that given the proper circumstances we would all act accordingly in order to Live.
The Essence of Ubuntu
In truth, it doesn’t matter how we got here or there, it’s what we do with what we learned from the experience and whether or not we choose to let it define us that matters. This goes towards any aspect of Life whether it be poverty, mental illness, addiction, and/or lack of education just to name a few. We can’t begin to uplift our world and our planet if we are unwilling to empathize with and empower the people who are experiencing their own forms of hardship, no matter the circumstance. When we add Ubuntu into the mix with our pyramid and empathy we see the much bigger picture. We see “I am because we are” instead of just looking at our reality from our individual perspective.
I came across this quote from Shakespeare the other day which says it perfectly, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all”. And, when our day revolves around a most basic need for survival we have to also understand the kind of fatigue that comes with it. From this compassionate place, free from judgment, we can begin to find new ways of “enlightenment” and ways to fulfill, uplift, and inspire one another. We can hear each other and begin to meet each other’s most basic, fundamental, physiological needs if we emotional grasp the “stupid simple” idea that if just one of us is suffering we aren’t as Well as we could be and should be! If we look into the empathy mirror with the practice of Ubuntu, we can transcend the “duality” of poverty, illness, and suffering. When we practice altruism we begin to Heal those pieces of Self that were asking to be seen in said mirror. There is more than enough Abundance, food, water, energy, and money to go around if we pay it forward in the moments our paths cross a brother or sister who needs something it is in our capacity to Give.
So, next time you cross paths with someone who makes you “uncomfortable” it may be time to see if you can get to know them a little better, see what makes them tick, and ask them what they need instead of assuming. In other words, homeless people don’t need our advice as to how to get a job. Instead, they need food and safety as well as someone to invest in letting them know they have a future. We can let people know that they are seen and alive and important with a simple smile or a polite conversation. We all have a very significant role in the evolution of our planet and we all play a role in embracing our diversity into ONEness. We have the capacity to leave a Legacy of Hope and Love behind for our children and our children’s children. Especially if we stop looking to our government “programs”, which aren’t working, and begin to “take matters into our own hands”. We can break the pattern of our “reality” as we know it. We can change the way the entire world looks and thinks with random, simple acts of Kindness. We can look in the Mirror….
Music to Drive it Home ~ Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
My friend, Munesh, is of service in the most profound way! He works with “street kids” in India providing food and education. Part of their daily practice is Sanjeevani (positive aura) through meditation and consciousness projects. Please check out his website: http://www.parampranyog.org/
About the Writer:
Jennifer Deisher is an Emotional Healer, Empath, Intuitive, and Spiritual Transformation Artist. She is the writer of the Moon Hippie Mystic blog and a Contributing Writer for Wakeup-world.com. She founded Blueprints For Butterflies as a safe, loving space to assist and heal others who are Awakening and making a spiritual connection with their Higher Self. This creates a spiritual, emotional, and creative blueprint that leads to greater peace, awareness, love, prosperity, and enlightenment that amplifies and resonates with an individual’s unique and divine energy signature. To book a Soul Balancing Session with Written Soul Reading, please visit BlueprintsForButterflies.com.